Motion Potion

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Motion Potion
Birth nameRobbie Kowal
Also known asMoPo, Motion Potion
BornAugust 1973 (age 45)
Boston, Massachusetts
GenresFunk, breakbeat
Occupation(s)DJ, producer, concert organizer, founder and partner of Sunset Promotions
InstrumentsTurntables, Ableton, Pioneer CDJ-1000
Years active1995–present
Associated actsSJ Littlewood, Mutaytor
WebsiteMotionPotion.com

Robbie Kowal (born August 1973), also known by his professional names Motion Potion or MoPo,[1] is an American DJ, record producer, and concert promoter.[2] Known for blending electronic music with the genres of funk, hip hop, and psychedelic rock,[3] he first started mixing live in 1995.

Kowal was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After moving to his current base of San Francisco in 1997, he co-founded the concert promotion company Sunset Promotions or SunsetSF in 2001, which became known for producing festivals such as the SF Funk Fest and North Beach Jazz. Since then he has helped found and/or produce festivals and concert nights such as All Shook Down Music Festival, Sea of Dreams NYE, Ghost Ship Halloween, North Beach Jazz, Festival of the Golden Gate and Mojito Café.[4]

Motion Potion tours frequently, and from 2002 to 2004 was the first and only DJ at Bonnaroo. According to the Los Angeles Times, in 2006 MoPo was the first DJ to play a silent disco in the United States,[5] and since then he has founded Silent Frisco, a headphone dance concert production company.[6] The San Francisco Weekly has called MoPo "the godfather of the silent disco,"[7] while SFist called him "one of the nation’s foremost purveyors of the 'Silent Disco' concept."[8] He periodically produces music, and in 2008 he released a series of three EPs titled Electric Nostalgia Vol. 1-3.[1] In 2014, MoPo announced an upcoming Radiohead-themed EP.[1] He is a board member of the California Music and Culture Association and founder of the SF Outdoor Events Coalition.[8]

Notable performances[edit]

The following is a list of selected notable appearances by Motion Potion as a DJ:[9]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Extended plays by Motion Potion
Year Album title Release details
2008 Electric Nostalgia Vol. 1
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Electric Nostalgia Vol. 2
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Electric Nostalgia Vol. 3
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
2015 TBA
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

DJ mixes[edit]

Selected DJ mixes by Motion Potion
Year Release title Notes
2007 Erectrofly'd Produced CD in May 2007[9]
Wet in Sweat Produced CD in May 2007[9]
2008 The History of Psychedelic Rock in Remix Live mix CD
A Decade of Kraak & Smaak Live mix CD

Remixes/mashups[edit]

Selected remixes, mashups, and songs by Motion Potion
Year Single name Compilation/album Release details
2006 "Break Yourself"
(mashup by MoPo)
The Best Mashups In The World
Ever Are From San Francisco 2
BootieUSA (May 15, 2006)[1]
2006 Various tracks Bonnaroo Bangers Bonnaroo[1]

Further reading[edit]

Interviews and articles
  • "DJ takes deeper look at music". Steamboat Today. February 12, 2004.
  • "Robbie Kowal on 15 Years of Putting on Concerts in S.F." San Francisco Weekly. March 8, 2011.
  • "How I Got Here with Robbie Kowal". Amoeba Music. January 2012.
  • "Robbie "MoPo" Kowal's Ideal San Francisco". SFist. August 1, 2013. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014.
  • "Silent Frisco's quiet revolution takes dance parties out of club". SFGate. December 27, 2014.
Discographies

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography". MotionPotion.com. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  2. ^ Port, Ian S. (March 8, 2011). "Going Big and Going Broke: Promoter Robbie Kowal on 15 Years of Putting on Concerts in S.F." San Francisco Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  3. ^ Jam, Billy (January 2012). ""How I Got Here" with Robbie Kowal of SunsetSF - Part I in new Dave Paul Guest Amoeblogger Series". Amoeba Music. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  4. ^ "Robbie Kowal". The Bold Italic. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  5. ^ Levin, Rachel B. (August 19, 2011). "Boogie Nights: 'Silent disco' is making itself heard". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  6. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (December 27, 2014). "Silent Frisco's quiet revolution takes dance parties out of club". SFGate. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  7. ^ Phaneuf, Whitney (July 2012). "Comfortable Silence". San Francisco Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  8. ^ a b ""The Weirdness is a Good Thing": Here's SunsetSF Founder Robbie "MoPo" Kowal's Ideal San Francisco". SFist. sfist.com. August 1, 2013. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  9. ^ a b c "Highlights". MotionPotion.com. 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-06.

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